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in damascus. syrian rebels claimed they have begun a campaign to take the capital. that attack follows renewed fighting in the south of the city with reports of civilians fleeing. are events on the ground overtaking the diplomacy? >> hello and welcome to gmt. i am george alagiah, with a world of news and opinion. also in the program -- north korea's leader as another title to his name as he consolidates power. kim jong-un becomes a marshal, of the country's highest military rank. the startling results of eight research into our exercise habits. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 2:00 in the afternoon in damascus, where the conflict appears to have reached a new level. in the last hour, it has been confirmed by state tv that the defense minister was among the victims of a suicide bombing at the national security building in the syrian capital. the blast occurred during a meeting of cabinet ministers and senior officials. it is latest attack in the city and follows four straight days of clashes, what rebels are calling the battle for damascus. jim muir reports. >> fire's coming
not know if he is in damascus. no one, no one can say how long he will remain in power. but, policymakers here at the state department are bracing for the prospect of regime change in syria occurring on a much swifter timetable than previously contemplated. analyst whose monitor social media like twitter and who have advised the state department during the arab spring on how to mine open source online data and how to interpret it is warning the assad regime or control of damascus could collapse in 36 hours which saw similar online activity prior to the fall of muammar qaddafi in libya and is regarded as be "amazeingly accurate," following the ouster of mubarak if egypt. all this is spinning out-of-control rapidly. and for that reason, it is >>guest: i steamily important the international community working with other countries have concerns in that area bring maximum pressure on assad to do what is right, to step down and allow for the peaceful transition. >>reporter: replacements have been named for the assassinated interior minister and the dense minister who is visible at the right of t
now!" the battle for damascus rages on the day after three members of president bashar al-assad's top brass were killed in a bomb blast. we will speak with reporter david enders. speak with davidk a lesch, author of "the new lion of damascus: bashar al-asad and modern syria." and matt taibbi, author of, "the scam wall street learned from the mafia: how america's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy -- until they were caught on tape." and also we will speak about libor. >> their artificially repress in libor as to not pay out as much to any investor who has a libor- based instrument. 350 trillion dollars worth of investments are based on libor. they have been gaining the game, essentially. there's really nothing these guys have not been involved with. >> all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. intense clashes are reported across the syrian capital of damascus in one day after the bombing that killed three members of president bashar al- assad's inner circle, including his defense se
wounded as a massive emergency response continues. welcome. also in the program, from damascus to the borders, syria's military attempts to push back a concerted rebel advance. a $2 million headache for china's ai weiwei as the court upholds its tax evasion punishment. it's midday here in london, 7:00 in the evening in beijing and 5:00 in the morning in denver, colorado where police say 14 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a suburban cinema. witnesses in aurora said a man wearing a gas mask released a gas cannister inside the senn ma and started shooting as smoke filled the auditorium. according to the police, one suspect has been detained. hospitals are treating dozens of wounded. we now can bring you some tape that we just got a little bit earlier. that is an eyewitness in the cinema watching the film as the gunman began to shoot. >> i can tell you it was very chaotic. it was a nice movie, it started out as a nice movie. when the gunman came in the exit and he threw a cannister, it was a smoke device. he threw it and approximately three-seconds later he started sh
kirkpatrick and janine di giovanni and the consideration of the implications of a dramatic day in damascus syria. but first this report from the cbs evening news. a funeral turned to celebration when mourners learned the defense minister was dead. across the country in this savage civil war, activists celebrated today's bombing because it struck at inside the syrian regime. the dead men were like everyone else in the room master minding the plan to crush syria's uprising. they were meeting in the national security headquarters near the center of damascus. even though fighting has come uncomfortably close these past four days, it still should have been one of the safest buildings in the country. the opposition free syrian army has claimed responsibility for the bombing. there is information blames arab and weren't governments, their intelligence agencies and spies are responsible he said. a syrian official did tell me tonight the government is horrified how easily the bomber appeared to have entered the building. almost immediately after the blast, a new defense minister was appointed, and
to syria where, quote, the battle for damascus is coming. those are the words of an ex-syrian army colonel who's now fighting to topple president bashar al assad's regime. opposition groups say that fighters are bracing for a major showdown for the syrian capital, the shelling explosions and assaults around damascus have grown fierce over the past few days. three activists recently sneaked into a damascus neighborhood too and say what they found was a massacre by the hands of government forces. i want to tell you the footage you're about to see is from those ac ttivists who managed t smuggle it out of damascus. it took two weeks. the images are graphic and disturbing. arwa damon explains the danger and desperation to try to get the story out. >> reporter: the power is out in the streets of duma. the three activists and their escorts don't dare shine a light. there is a sniper lurking. gunfire in the distance forces them to pick up the pace. >> [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: the activists are part of the opposition's media operation. they smuggle themselves into the damascus suburb last month.
to liberate damascus has begun. another big bank comes under fire, at this time is hsbc feeling the heat. >> despite the best efforts and intentions of many dedicated professionals, hsbc has fallen short of our own expectations. >> from russia with love, this olympian is now competing for america. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the battle to liberate damascus has begun, that is a claim of the rubble -- rebel free syrian army today. there are reports that the president's army is moving in reinforcements. the push is on towards the presidential palace. you can see on the top left-hand corner of your screen. rebels in the syrian army have been lockein fierce battles. on verified video appears to show government tanks and other heavy armored vehicles lining the roads. the rebels are reporting they have shot down syrian army helicopters over damascus. we report on these latest developments from beirut. >> the battle for damascus is on. that is what the opposition says and government forces have been on the move to defend the city. israeli intelligence says some
- in-law. the attack in damascus leaves serious interior chief quickly wounded. we will speak with patrick seale, author of "asad: the struggle for the middle east." then as the republicans blocked a bill to unmask anonymous campaign donors, we will look a sheldon adelson, the billionaire casino magnate backing mitt romney. as adelson pledges to donate $100 million to defeat president obama, he is coming under new scrutiny for possible violations of federal and debris law and ties to chinese organized crime we will look at mitt romney and his time has had a private equity firm bain capital critics mr. romney has a different idea. he invests in companies that have been called pioneers of outsourcing. i don't want a pioneer in outsourcing. i was some insourcing. >> now the boston globe is reporting romney remained head of bain for three years beyond the time he says he ceded control. what is the significance of this? all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. a suicide bomber has struck a meeting of top
is in three neighborhoods of the capital city damascus, the closest of those battles is just a few miles from the presidential palace. clarissa ward has been covering the syrian conflict and tonight she's just across the boarder in turkey. clarissa, why has the fighting moved to damascus? >> well, scott, rebels who we've spoken to are saying this is beginning of the battle for control of damascus, that this is some time of an all out offensive or that we're entering an end game, if you will. of course, it's impossible to say how many fighters are inside damascus or how sophisticated it had planning is that has gone into this operation and certainly how long the fighting will last before the syrian military quashes it, but this is the most serious fighting that we've seen in the center of damascus since this uprising began nearly a year and a half ago. >> pelley: and you have done a lot of reporting from damascus. what do you think the affect might be there of all of this fighting? >> damascus is really the beating heart of president al- assad's power base. and to the extent that the violence
in damascus syrian the british open and the tragedy of suicide in the military when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin this evening withdrawallic news from syria a bombing in the capitol of damascus. the dead include the syrian defense minister and the president's brother-in-law who was a military deputy chief of staff. the assassinations could be a turning point in the 17-month revolt against the assad regime. according to un estimates the uprising have claimed more than 10,000 lives. just hours after the attack the obama administration imposed sanctions against top syrian government members. this week the un security council is expected to devote possibly allowing more aggressive action. defense second leon panetta addressed in a news conference this morning. >> the united states and the international community continue to work together through the united nations, through whatever possible vehicles we have to bring additional pressure on assad's step down. and to allow for a peaceful transiti
forces were campaign to bring do in car bombings in damascus and syria. those had been government openly and proudly admitted responsibility. now they are leaving no doubt about the position. they said this week that they are fighting to liberate the capital. damascus has largely supported the assad regime. uade the population to turn it's spreading ll t th citizens s anyone could be an enemy. the internatio >>> egypt's new president has time. this cops as world leader's policies on reg mohamed morsi hosted mahmoud their first s s tions with the united >> translator: pre will pay more attention to the pressing needs of palestinians and lend a mediating future peace talks
-level security meeting in damascus. among the dead was the president's brother in law, his defense minister, and other members of the inner circle. the free syrian army was quick to claim credit. a top western officials say it was further evidence that the situation is spinning out of control. >> marshall military images on syrian state television. to prepare the population for news of an attack on the very heart of government. with deepest regret, a bomber has attacked the headquarters of national security. the defense minister, general daoud rajiha has been killed, along with two top military figures. one of those was the president's brother-in-law, assef shawkat. syria has been tightly controlled by the assad family. at its core is president bhar nt-assad and his brother, a military commander. the president's sister, her husband was killed today. assef shawkat has been called the power behind the scenes and the architect behind much of the crackdown of the syrian uprising. his death is a major blow to the inner circle. the government has vowed to defeat the rebels. >> this is a decisive
with us here in the studio. >> picture this inside job. a meeting in damascus this morn morning of the top officials there to discuss how to continue to crackdown, how to keep the rebels from advancing on damascus, when suddenly, the room explodes. it is just a sign of how little control the government still has, and a sign that this could be one of the final stages in this conflict. government troops fight to retain control of damascus after an attack that has shaken the regime and raised doubts about its survival. buildings in the capital smoldered, in fighting so intense the army had to call in helicopters. this just hours after state television announced that a bomb exploded wednesday morning during a national security meeting killing at least the defense minister, his deputy who was also president assad's feared brother-in-law, and the vice president. more than a dozen others in the meeting were reportedly injured, perhaps killed. it is unclear if president assad was there. the government isn't saying. >> it is part of the conflict. >> reporter: assad has not been seen publicly since
>> live from berlin, this is the "journal" on dw. >> a bomb blast in damascus leaves the syrian defense minister and three top officials dead. >> be aware of more neo-nazi crimes -- a warning from germany's domestic intelligence agency. >> germany's highest court finds that asylum seekers are entitled to more cash, but where will the money come from? >> it was an attack on the inner circle of syria's president. four top military and security leaders are dead after a bomb explosion in the heart of damascus. >> among the dead, the country's defense minister and a brother- in-law to assad, who was viewed as the architect of the government's crackdown on the opposition. >> it has the international community reevaluating the chances of a peaceful end to the conflict in syria. a u.n. security council vote on more sanctions has been delayed until thursday. >> our coverage begins with this report. >> this footage from syria's nw shows people celebrating the attack. there were even impromptu celebrations in the capital, damascus, but there was also continued fighting. syrian state tv say
to any resolution that would impose an embargo on damascus. moscow is coming under increasing criticism for its hard-line stance. the foreign ministry rejects the resolution as one-sided. >> certain western countries are blaming russia in part for the escalation of violence in syria but this is absolutely unacceptable. instead of making rude insinuations about russian foreign policy, our western partners should be convincing the syrian opposition groups to find a political solution. >> but there's no evidence of that happening anytime soon. street fighting continues in the capital and other cities. witnesses said government forces have retaken some areas seized by the rebels. the opposition calls it a tactical retreat. the growing violence has led to a growing stream of refugees. the u.n. estimates 30,000 have crossed into lebanon in the past two days alone. the total number seeking refuge in turkey is up to 40,000. the regime has its supporters as well. a massive crowd turned out for the funeral of the defense minister. he and several other senior for souls were killed wednesday in a s
filmed in aleppo. rebels said fierce fighting is continuing there and the capital damascus. pressure is mounting on president bashar al-assad. for the first time, the syrian government has indirectly raised the question of using chemical weapons inside syrian borders. >> these weapons that they possession of -- possess are monitored and guarded by the syrian army. these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against syria. >> syria has held stocks of chemical weapons since the early 1980's. the veiled threat to use them comes after the assad regime rejected an arab league offer of safe passage if the leader gives up power. >> first, we ask the regime to step down, but we did not set any time frame. the arab league pledges to provide a sawed and his family with safe exit to stop the bloodshed in syria. the faster we act, the better. >> with continuing pressure from both the international community and rebel groups, some fear that president assad might resort to using nonconventional weapons in a last-ditch effort to stay in power. >> that in
. the battle to liberate damascus has begun, that is a claim of the rubble -- rebel free syrian army today. there are reports that the president's army is moving in reinforcements. the push is on towards the presidential palace. you can see on the top left-hand corner of your screen. rebels in the syrian army have en locked in fierce battles. on verified video appears to show government tanks and other heavy armored vehicles lining the roads. the rebels are reporting they have shot down syrian army helicopters over damascus. we report on these latest developments from beirut. >> the battle for damascus is on. that is what the opposition says and government forces have been on the move to defend the city. israeli intelligence says some syrian forces have been moved them -- have been moved here. on the air -- on the move in the air, too. it is the first time helicopters have fired inside the city limits. clashes have moved to the northern side of the capitol, too. the government said what it called a terrorist damaged a power station here. activist said security forces used mortars and attac
the national security building inside damascus, killing through top officials, including syria's defense minister and assad's brother-in-law. the syrian government will not say whether assad was in the room during the attack. rebel commanders describe it as an inside job and said those who planted the bomb are still safe. meanwhile, president assad and vladimir putin spoke on the phone after the attack and agreed to stop the bombing, but disagreed on how to do it. >>> good morning, willie. the aftermath of that effect is being felt across syria today. the rebels who carried out the attack have been emboldened by it. they immediately, hours after the deadly explosion, managed to capture some key ground in the capital of damascus. live pictures that were broadcast by the rebels showed them in parts of damascus where they hadn't been seen before and even the syrian government acknowledged that there were fierce clashes between the syrian military and the rebels in these parts of the district. so in many calculations, this has been a tipping point for the rebels. you know, for several months
, damascus. over the past couple days, clashes between government forces and rebel fighters have taken place in the southern suburbs of the city. now, even more worrying, syria's for ambassador to iraq, who defected last week, said that forces loyal to president saleh saad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons. -- syria's former ambassador to iraq, who defected last week, said that forces loyal to president assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons. >> international diplomacy is struggling to find a way out. in these pictures, activists say people are trying to flee heavy shelling in damascus. there were barricades today on the main motorway linking damascus and jordan. today, i asked syria's top defector so far the meaning of the fighting reaching damascus. >> of course, this has very big significance. the regime tried with all its power to keep the capital out of this conflict and out of the reaches of the revolution. however, the expansion of the revolution and its power and its control in syria is increasing day by day. >> if the -- is the government going to use chemical weapo
is playing out for a third straight day. notably now, in the heart of the capital city of damascus. the syrian army is fighting the rebels, an ominous development in a civil war that so far seems to have no end. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is following the developments from cairo. ayman, good evening. >> reporter: brian, it was 12 years ago today that president assad took power in syria. tonight his fight to stay in power is playing out in syria's capital. the violence and bloodshed that has ravaged other parts of the country has reached damascus. activists say that government tanks and armored personnel carriers backed by helicopter gunships have been deployed in key parts of damascus, pounding opposition rebels and protecting important government installations. it's the most intense fighting to hit the capital since the conflict began a year and a half ago. the opposition says it intends to expand its operations in the coming days, while syria's minister of information tries to downplay the fighting saying the military has repelled infiltrators and the government remains firmly in cont
sanctions against damascus. >> in language we have heard before, russia said the draft would have opened the door to foreign military intervention in syria. >> we will get reactions in washington in just a minute, but our coverage begins on the ground in damascus. >> activists have posted videos on the internet that reportedly showed the chaotic situation on the ground in damascus. they say the army is mobilizing more forces but that anti- government forces are holding out. reporters say the fighting has spread to the presidential palace. the display of force follows wednesday's suicide bombing, which killed three key members of the regime. rebels say its days are numbered. >> the chain is breaking. the regime has lost control, and the people bashar al assad relies on are gone. the foundations of the regime have been shaken. it is just bashar who is left. >> but the regime shows no sign of easing its grip on power, and a diplomatic solution appears more remote than ever following thursday's veto of a draft resolution that would have threatened sanctions. earlier, the german foreign minis
the united nations veto has drawn a harsh rebuke from a western powers prefers fighting continues in damascus the day after the attack which killed three of the president's inner circle. rebels say they are in control of key border crossings. >> syrian rebels seize one of the crossings into turkey, dismantling the portrait of president bashar al-assad. something similar was reported on the border with iraq. it is a sign of great weakness. rebel fighters are still shooting in the center of damascus. these are unverified pictures, but there are many reports from the city that areas once considered regime strongholds have been affected. syrian state television shows the president swearing in a new defense minister. presumably his tv appearance was designed to show calmness and strength. on the right hand of the screen was a failed attempt to increase pressure on him in the security council. international diplomacy is dead, the security council cannot agree on what to do next. russia and china the total western-supported attempt to strengthen sections. the russians argue might lead to military in
explosion, managed to capture some key ground in the capital of damascus. live pictures that were broadcast by the rebels showed them in parts of damascus where they hadn't been seen before and even the syrian government acknowledged that there were fierce clashes between the syrian military and the rebels in these parts of the district. so in many calculations, this has been a tipping point for the rebels. you know, for several months they had promised to take the fighting to the regime. yesterday, they demonstrated they have the ability and the means to strike at the very heart of the regime. there's no doubt yesterday's explosion will have a psychological and tactical impact on the regime of president assad. tactically speaking, they have disrupted the chain of command. they've made it difficult for even the most inner security officials to have a meeting in safety to plan out what's going to happen. the president reportedly has -- president assad has reportedly gone to the costal city and is no longer in the capital. though that remains unconfirmed. meanwhile, psychologically speaking,
forces for a second day on the outskirts of damascus. it is the worst they have seen in the 17-month conflict. kofi annan travels to russia to discuss moscow's opposition to international military action. john muir is watching developments from beirut. >> getting ever closer into the central damascus and the people of the regime -- seat of the regime's power. people throughout the city could hear explosions and the shooting. it does not mean damascus is about to fall. but many feel the noose is tightening. families have been sent scurrying for safety. the name of the town means solidarity in arabic. in nearby neighborhoods the activists set up barricades and burning tires to block a main road. there were solidarity demonstrations in many areas with that down. u.n. observers were trying to get to the bottom of what has happened near the town of hama where scores of forces were killed last week. the security council has to agree on the future of the mission and what to do about syria. kofi annan is spending two days in moscow talking to the russians. underussia is under strong western
in damascus after yesterday's strike at the heart of the regime. but where is the president's? and the quick march to riches in china. the massive wealth creation of the country's growing middle class. london, 7:00 in a morning in washington, to look like in the afternoon in the bulgarian black sea resort of burgas, where authorities have released a video of a suicide bomber w targetho israeli tourists in a bus attack. this is the man bulgaria believed to be the suicide bomber. he looks disturbingly normal as he wanders about the airport in shorts and a heavy backpacked. that's surely before he boarded the bus. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said that he holds iran responsible for the attack and promised a firm response. now the latest. >> this is the aftermath of a deadly attack. a large group of tourists had just arrived from a charter flight to israel where an explosion ripped apart one of the buses which had been sent to pick them up from the airport. witnesses said body parts were strewn across the ground. other buses and cars nearby caught fire. the bulgarian authorities
. on the "newshour" tonight, we look at what's behind the damascus attack and assess whether the latest round of bloody fighting signals a turning point in the nation's civil war. >> woodruff: then, we update the preparations for the olympics as organizers struggle with last- minute problems and the british government considers deploying more military forces to insure security. >> ifill: jeffrey brown examines a different boy scouts' pledge: to stick with their ban on gay leaders and scouts. >> woodruff: from our series on "coping with climate change," hari sreenivasan has the story of a native american tribe known as the "salmon people," whose way of life is under siege. >> threatened by the loss of traditional resources, the swinomish are partnering with scientists to determine what changes future generations face. >> ifill: and we preview a documentary about a day in the life of a large city public hospital struggling to care for its uninsured patients. >> it's almost like a video game where you have to place patients, move patients, keep the flow going and if you don't, it stacks up, it j
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